Hydrangeas are one of the most popular landscape shrubs. These beautiful, blooming shrubs are known for producing ball-shaped clusters of small flowers in variety of vibrant colors like blue, purple, pink, and white. Tulsa gardeners often love them for their abundant, rich blooms that seem to engulf a garden with color.
But with the sometimes extreme and often fluctuating Oklahoma weather, life can be difficult for hydrangeas here. They often need a great deal of care to survive the intense Oklahoma heat. Thus, which varieties of these gorgeous shrubs do best in Oklahoma?
The Endless Summer hydrangea, which is a re-blooming hydrangea that can bloom every few weeks in the summer and fall, can endure the winter weather in Oklahoma better than other varieties and can bloom on both new and old wood. These do best in a partly-shaded area that gets morning sun and afternoon shade. These hydrangeas, like other varieties, need rich, moist soil that drains well. While they need a lot of water, they don’t do well in soggy or constantly wet areas.
The Annabelle hydrangea is said to be one of the hardiest hydrangeas with some of the longest blooms.
“With adequate moisture, ‘Annabelle’ laughs at the Oklahoma summertime,”Examiner.com reported. “Further, because ‘Annabelle’ flowers on new growth, she is never badly hurt by late freezes.”
These beautiful landscape shrubs bloom to a bright white before they turn to light green again. Annabelles generally bloom from early June through September in Oklahoma. This variety is said to be more drought-tolerant than others and has great disease resistance.
The Oak leaf hydrangeas is also said to be an easier hydrangea to grow. Instead of the ball-shaped or “mop head” flower type, the Oak leaf boasts unique cone-shaped clusters of white flowers and oak-like leaves that turn a beautiful reddish-purple in the fall.
Because all of these hydrangeas require rich, moist soil, Englishgardens.com recommended adding fertilizer to them throughout the summer while they’re growing. And most, if not all hydrangeas, will do better planted in the shade or partial-shade, out of the hot afternoon sun.
For more help in landscaping your garden, contact the Tulsa landscape design specialists at Oklahoma Landscape. We can design and build a landscape with the perfect flowers and shrubs to enhance your home’s architecture and that will thrive in the Oklahoma climate.